Stuffed Tofu

from "Dim Sum" by Ellen Leong Blonder
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Ingredients (16 pieces)

  • 2 10-ounce blocks of firm tofu

Ingredients for filling(16 pieces)

  • 10 ounces shrimp. peeled,deveined, and coarsely ground or chopped ( or 50% shrimp and 50% ground pork)
  • 1 scallion (white and green parts), finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Ingredients for sauce

  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black bean and garlic sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

Instruction

  1. Put the sauce ingredients together and cook over medium heat until the sauce bubbles and thickens.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine and mix well:
    10 oz. shrimp. peeled,deveined, and coarsely ground or chopped ( or 50% shrimp and 50% ground pork)
    1 scallion (white and green parts), finely minced
    1 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. rice wine or dry sherry
    1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
    1 tsp. cornstarch
  3. Cut each block of tofu in half along a narrow side to from 2 squares, each about 3X3X3/4 inches. Cut each square from corner to corner in an X-shape to from 4 triangles. Repeat with the remaining squares, making 16 triangles in all. Pat the tofu dry with a paper towel.
  4. Cut out a thin pocket along the long side of the triangle.
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  5. Place 2 teaspoons of the filling into each pocket, being careful not to break the tofu.
  6. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat; then add 1 tablespoon oil. When it is almost smoking, place several pieces of tofu, one filled side down, into the skillet. Do not crowd. Turn the tofu to brown all sides, starting with the filling sides, and cooking for 5 to 6 minutes total. Make the sauce and drizzle it over the tofu. Serve hot.


This recipe is from "Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch" by Ellen Leong Blonder. She provides 60 recipes, from siu mai to egg custard tarts, all illustrated by her own lovely watercolors. Every recipe I have tried turned out successful.